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Wax

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Wax is a set of house tracks spun by French DJ Sven Löve that, apart from a few inspired selections, falls victim to deep house's most common foible: ignorability. A lot of the tracks are so concerned with their musicalities that the groove -- while always apparent -- takes a back seat. Watered-down dollops of Brazilian jazz and a wide variety of random "tasteful" characteristics smooth the mix out so much that it's able to fall into the background as easily as music intended for ambient/background listening. Despite the lacking material he's working with, veteran DJ Löve puts together a very skilled mix with fluid blends. Two selections in particular -- Jody Watley's "Photographs" and Peven Everett's "I Can't Believe I Loved Her" (rightfully an underground house sensation in 2002) -- would be the highlights of any mix.

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